Transaid riders go coast to coast to raise £17,500

Last weekend we were delighted to be back on two wheels with a group of Transaid supporters, for our annual UK cycle challenge.

On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September, a team of riders from across the transport and logistics industry completed the 157-mile Hadrian’s Cycleway challenge, cycling from Whitehaven, in West Cumbria to Tynemouth, in Tyne and Wear, to raise money for our programmes.

So far, the cyclists have raised an estimated £17,500 to support our life-saving work to improve road safety and access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. The ride was made possible thanks to our tour partner – Mellow Jersey, who delivered an excellent level of planning, organisation and support prior to and throughout the ride.

A huge thank you to Stanley Travel for transferring the cyclists via coach to the starting point of the challenge.

Stephanie Rukin, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Transaid, and one of the riders taking part in the event said: “This was my first Transaid cycle challenge, and despite a few challenging climbs to conquer, the ride was absolutely fantastic, and it was a pleasure to be back on our bikes and raising money.

“A huge thank you to everyone who took part; particularly for such brilliant fundraising efforts, and for the team camaraderie and incredible determination shown throughout the challenge!”

The cyclists taking part represented a number of companies from across the transport and logistics industry, including Alpine Travel, Backhouse Jones, Blue Cube, Boughey Distribution, Dawson Group plc, EORI (UK) Limited, Idris Logistics and Sworder Belcher Holt.

Commenting on the event, Pete Walker, Marketing Manager at Blue Cube said: “It was a brilliant few days, a real challenge but certainly worth it. Best of all, we have managed to raise a lot of money for Transaid, who carry out life-saving work across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.”

We now look forward to our return to international challenges with Cycle Malawi 2022, which is taking place in less than two weeks. The challenge, kindly sponsored by UKWA will see a team of more than 40 riders cover around 500km over five days, taking in the stunning Lake Malawi, Mount Mulanje, Liwonde National Park and the Zomba Plateau.